translation of post at Ukulele Boudoir
Interview with a hot rabbit who loves to draw
While in France we're debating endlessly about whether one should sing in the language of Moliere or that of Madonna, Les Chauds Lapins have found the perfect equilibrium by making a specialty of reinterpreting the charming French songs of the 20s or 30s with a bit of a Brooklyn accent.
Kurt Hoffman, co-founder, co-singer and co-ukuleleist of the group, and erstwhile draghtsman, has generously reponded to our questions and offers us a previously unpublished illustration, 'Les Chauds Lapins at the Beginning of Autumn'.
Bonjour Kurt, what instruments do you play?
With my partner Meg Reichardt, I have
a group called "Les Chauds Lapins".
Meg plays banjo uke with this group, a large Bruno. It's really a 'tango
banjo', but it's tuned like a ukulele.
My parents couldn't afford a piano, and we lived in a neighborhood where there were a lot of southern Italians, and therefore many accordion schools. That's why my first instrument was the accordion. As an adult, I mostly played saxophone (tenor and baritone), and clarinet. I learned to compose and write arrangements. I write the arrangements for Les Chauds Lapins.
I've also played and written arrangements for They Might Be Giants and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. I composed film scores and music for my own projects. in the 80s, I had a group called 'The Ordinaires'. We played minimalist, post-modern, noisy music, but we also did a cover of Led Zepellin's Kashmir. The cellist, Garo Yellin, currently plays with Les Chauds Lapins. In the video, that's me you see painting on the beach.